The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a discussion of the potential insider threats posed by the remote workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. Also featured: An update on payment fraud shifts and the long-term outlook for the cybersecurity market.
As countries pursue national 5G rollouts, an unwanted security challenge has intensified: Some extremists have been vandalizing or even firebombing transmitter masts, driven by conspiracy theories suggesting not only that 5G poses a public health risk, but that it also helps cause COVID-19.
The remote workforce, connected devices, business resiliency - these are new concepts for many midmarket organizations now coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Kristin Judge of the Cybercrime Support Network discusses cybersecurity resources available to guide small and midsized entities.
Can you "big tech" a way out of a pandemic? Many governments around the world are trying, and Australia is joining the herd with a contact tracing app. But Australia has a splotchy record of large government tech projects, including in health, that may result in low voluntary adoption of an app.
Microsoft issued patches for three zero-day vulnerabilities as part of its most recent Patch Tuesday update. The software giant had previously warned users about two vulnerabilities in the Adobe Type Manager Library that were being exploited in the wild.
The U.K. government says it's prepping a contact-tracing app in an attempt to help contain COVID-19. But a leading cybersecurity expert argues that the proposal amounts to little more than "do-something-itis" and urges a focus, instead, on expanded testing as well as ventilator production.
Gartner analyst Avivah Litan says China is attempting to leverage blockchain technology in the country's COVID-19 recovery. What are the benefits and concerns of this approach, and how should it shape the future use of blockchain?
Cybercrime groups and nation-state hacking gangs are continuing to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to further their aims, U.K. and U.S. security agencies warn in a joint alert. While overall attack levels haven't increased, they say, "the frequency and severity of COVID-19-related cyberattacks" looks set to surge.
The operator of a newly discovered botnet dubbed "Dark Nexus" is offering cybercriminals access to an array of capabilities, include the ability to launch DDoS attacks on demand, according researchers at Bitdefender.
For nearly a decade, five hacking groups with apparent links to the Chinese government have targeted vulnerable Linux servers that make up the backend IT infrastructure of thousands of companies and organizations around the world, according to a research report from BlackBerry.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing federal government employees and contractors to work from home, NASA is seeing an increase in hacker attacks targeting its newly mobile workforce, the space agency's CIO reports.
Zero-day exploits are increasingly a commodity that advanced persistent threat groups can purchase and use to wage attacks, according to a report from security firm FireEye. The report says the number of attacks leveraging such exploits grew last year.
As the COVID-19 outbreak has intensified, so too has cybercrime, including ransomware, Interpol, the international crime-fighting agency, warns. Despite some gangs claiming to no longer be targeting healthcare organizations, experts have seen "no abatement, empathy or free decryptor" from any of them.